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Contested TerrainReflections with Afghan Women Leaders$
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Sally L. Kitch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038709

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038709.001.0001

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Afghan Marriage Practices

Afghan Marriage Practices

(p.114) 6 Afghan Marriage Practices
Contested Terrain

Sally L. Kitch

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at Marzia's and Jamila's marriages since their last interviews. Their changed status was made quite visible in Jamila's case by the presence of her husband and children. The author was curious about why she had gotten the news through the grapevine that both had gotten married in 2006 and why neither had mentioned her marriage in their e-mail exchanges before 2009. What followed was a detailed discussion about the two women's particular perspectives on the way marriage worked in Afghanistan. During that discussion, it was clear that they were focusing on their own variations as urban Afghans and as educated professional women. At the same time, their discussion indicated that they recognized other variations on marriage practices depending on region, economic capacity, age, education, and individual family practices.

Keywords:   Afghan women, Jamila Afghani, Marzia Basel, marriage, Afghanistan, Afghan culture

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